While Napa justifiably lays claim to being the domestic home of Cabernet Sauvignon, there are a few reasons we don’t all immediately reach for a Napa Cab when the time comes to open a bottle. For one, Napa real estate is nothing if not pricey, so every time a retired pharmaceutical tycoon or basketball star wants to own a winery, the price of wine takes a modest jump as they try to recoup their down payment. For another, the wineries are fewer and more “flagshippy,” so you’re paying for notoriety and the plushness of the tasting rooms, the creamy stationery their promotional materials are printed on, and so on. Don’t get us wrong- Napa’s reputation started with the wines, and if you’re looking for high-end wine and willing to pay accordingly, Napa’s Cabernets are excellent. But this Saturday, you’ll find Cabernets that are a remarkable bargain relative to the Napa wines whose prices are driven by market forces beyond what’s in the bottle. The tasting is this Saturday, June 17, at 2:00. Like most of our Saturday tastings, it’s $10 plus tax and tip, and it requires a reservation, so you’ll want to call us at 326-9363 to make yours, since web and email reservations won’t guarantee you a seat at the tasting. We hope to see you there.
Cab Ride Through Sonoma
2015 Ramsay Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast
2013 SchugCabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley
2013 Goldschmidt “Fidelity” Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley
2012 Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek